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BJP seeks Rahul's reply on case against Cong's Odisha chief

Commenting on Gandhi's visit to Odisha, Pradhan said the 'key culprit' behind Odisha's lack of development was the Congress

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

The BJP Friday attacked the over its chief being summoned by the in a case of cheating, and asked its president to explain why Patnaik was "avoiding the law".

"These are not allegations levelled by the media or political rivals, but based on facts and proof. should answer people on the issue. He should explain why his state party president is avoiding the law?" Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, a key BJP leader from Odisha, told reporters here.

The reportedly registered a case of misappropriation of funds and cheating against Patnaik and his son, and summoned them for questioning.

Commenting on Gandhi's visit to Odisha, Pradhan said the "key culprit" behind Odisha's lack of development was the

"They (Congress) have ruled the country and for a long time but still has not got its rights. The youth and the poor of the state could not get benefits of government policies.

"They have looted the nation. should answer to the people of Odisha. What is their view on corruption by their party members there? They are accountable to the people," he said.

On the issue of the CBI raid at the residence of former Haryana chief minister and allegations that the BJP is using the probe agencies as tool to settle political scores, Pradhan said, "Let them (Congress) say that Mr Hooda or Mr Patnaik are not involved in corruption, they are not culprits of misappropriation. Let they come out clearly. Law will take its own course.

First Published: Fri, January 25 2019. 13:35 IST